A small Z axis slider for small your small projects.

It use a nema 14 stepper and simple components.

You can buy the mechanical kit here: http://www.cnc4newbie.com

Or you can buy from your local hardware store.

Download the STL files from my thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:760793

Material need:

1x ABS slider
1x ABS body
2x 6" rod 5/16" diameter or use 8mm and adjust the holes with a 8mm drill
1x 5" threaded rod 1/4-20 or use 6mmx1mm and adjust the coupler
1x 1/4-20 nut or 6mmx1mm nut if you use metric threaded rod
1x coupler, it must match the threaded rod and the motor shaft, you can print one!!
4x flat head 3mm x 8mm screw
4x flat head 4mm x 14mm screw
4x 4mm nuts
1x flange bearing 6mm x 12mm
4x set screw 4mm x 5mm

1x aluminum 2"x3" front plate with 7 4mm threaded holes

1x nema 14 stepper


Please Vote for my slider in the 3D contest!
Thank you all!


Step 1: Video!!

Sorry for the bad quality video!!


Print the ABS parts, make attention for not warping the parts.

Step 3: Assembly

start to assemble the parts.

First insert the nut and place the thread rod.

Install the coupler.

Step 4: SLIDER

Insert the bearing in the body.

Install the slider/threaded rod in the bearing.

Step 5: MOTOR

Now install the motor with the 4 flat head 3mm screws.


now it's time for the smooth rods.

If the holes in the body or slider are to tight, adjust with a 5/16" drill or 8mm drill if you use 8mm rod.

Set the 4 small set screws, don't over tight!!


Mount the front plate with 4 flat head 4mm screws and nuts.

The nuts are mount in the hexagonal under the slider.

Step 8: VOILA!!


Now you have a nice slider for your arduino or small cnc projects!!

Hope you like!!


Stay tune, in few days I will post a full 3 axis micro mill, Made from laser cut ply and ABS printed parts.<br><br>Jbc
<p>The ply/abs router will be ready in few days!! </p><p>Jbc</p>
<p>I printed the parts. It came out Awesome. Now trying to source other parts locally in SA.</p><p>Tnx fer de design!</p><p>73 de ZS6COG</p>
<p>Nice too see that! If you need the metal kit, let me know I can help!</p><p>Thank you!</p><p>Jbc</p>
Thanks for offering JBCRD<br><br>I sourced the parts locally. It was a pain. <br>I added a second printing head to my 3D printer and now it keeps on knocking the work parts over. I have to align the heads, but time eludes me.<br><br>Right now I am in the middle of re-building a thing for the science centre and it is a challenge.<br><br>Thanks again.<br><br>73
<p>hi, you can post picture of your unit if you want!</p><p>Thank you!</p><p>Jbc</p>
Hello, I have built all the hardware: physical structure, and have completed in entering the GRBLtoArduino and all the software. I have used the Universal GCodeSender and has successfully interpreted the software for is says &quot; Grbl 0.8c ['$' for help] &quot;. I've soldered the stepper motors (for I'm using steppers from dvd roms) to some salvages wire from a printer I took apart. I installed some female sockets in order to connect to the male pins on the CNC Shield ver. 2.01 . The orange light from the arduino flashes and in the Universal GCodeSender ver. 0.8 completes the operation b/c is says &quot; ok &quot; . I have no idea whats wrong. I know the steppers work b/c ive used a 9v battery to pulse the motors and they do indeed pulse. Ive used a multimeter to check its resistance and it works. I've checked the current on the motors once connected to the cnc shield and there's current. I have tested if the drivers are in fact getting power and they are. I've attempted the code &quot; x=100 &quot; , &quot; $7=225 &quot; but no motor movement. Can ANYONE help me ?
<p>Hi, your motor is unipolar or bipolar? You use pololu driver?</p><p>Jbc</p>
Bipolar and yes A4988. I couldn't find any data sheet on the stepper motors I'm using, dvd rom's, but many say they are 2-2 Phase. Is that the same as 2 A/Phase ? The drivers continuous current let phase is 1.2 A.
<p>do you have try this sample test? <a href="http://fritzing.org/projects/a4988-single-stepper-test" rel="nofollow">http://fritzing.org/projects/a4988-single-stepper-...</a></p>
So I simply type those commands into the Arduino application running Grbl ?
<p>Plug all the wires like the drawing and enter the code.</p><p>Do you use an UNO or Mega? What shield you use?</p><p>Jbc</p>
I use a Fundiuno Uno , CNC Shield ver. 2.01, drivers: A4988.
<p>make the simple test in the link for testing your hardware.</p><p>It's really fast ans simple to do!</p><p>Good luck! And let me know.</p><p>Jbc</p>
Okay . I could simply uploaded through the arduino application onto the arduino ?
<p>any news?</p><p>Jbc</p>
Hello it did nothing
<p>That looks Awesome, Great and Very Professional looking too! </p><p>I am going to make or Buy a small Vertical Mill and I was wondering if I could save some money by making something like this to work with the CNC Vertical Mill? I wonder if I could program this unit to Hold an Aluminum Object &amp; slowly move it to a set point and stop, then raise up 1/16&quot; and have it return to it's original starting position, to gradually have it cut down to a certain depth in the aluminum and have it stop? Basically wondering if I could make an Automated CNC Table so the Vertical Mill could just Cut while this unit moves the part being slowly cutdown to a specific size? Could I program a unit like this from a Laptop to complete that?</p><p>Thank you in advance. </p><p>A video of this Unit working in action with a Mill or Drill press would be Nice to see? Or a 3D printing job.</p><p>This is Awesome</p>
<p>hi, yes you can but you need to take small cut because it's only a ABS body.</p><p>For controlling, you can use mach3 with PC or an arduino with the GRBL code.</p><p>In few days, I will post an instructable about a complete PRINTED 3 axis mill for small projects. With de placement of 3&quot; in the 3 axis.</p><p>If you have more questions about &quot;how to make a CNC&quot;, ask and I will try to respond!!</p><p>Thank you!</p><p>JBC</p>
<p>Awesome job, that really looks professional!</p>
<p>A short live action video of finished product actuation would be terrific!</p>
<p>Yes, good idea!! I will do a small video tomorrow!!</p>
<p>Looking forward to seeing that, 3D printing is still growing it's legs, and <br> a very useful actuator module like this is a perfect example of just <br>what a constructive output it can have- we've all heard too much hype <br>and myth about printed guns, etc. This could be used to fabricate inexpensive medical control infusion pumps or many other benign uses, keep up the good work.</p>
<p>video added!!</p>
<p>That's a nice smooth action, great job!</p>
<p>Really cool! Thanks for sharing! </p>
<p>Thank you!! More cnc related things to come!!</p>

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